Laurence Jones shares his explosive new single ‘YOU’RE NOT ALONE,’ where Jones uses the blues to fight against the everyday struggles of modern life. This latest offering is taken from the forthcoming album, BAD LUCK & THE BLUES, set for release 25th August 2023 via Marshall Records.
Jones will also play a very special album release show at London’s illustrious OMEARA on Friday, September 22nd, 2023.
Speaking on his latest fusion of blues and rock, Laurence Jones comments:
“This song is about the everyday struggles in life, about feeling down but always knowing you’re not the only one going through something difficult;” says Jones. “I had this image when writing the song, that we are all in this together, and no matter who you are, or where you’re from… Everyone feels low from time to time.”
“I grew up listening to Led Zeppelin, where the guitar riffs are iconic and a huge part of the song. I’d like to think I’ve put a slightly modern touch on this, while staying authentic. It’s one of my favourite tracks on the album, and it was one of the first songs I wrote, which helped shape the entire record. There’s nothing I love more than a big riffs and wild guitar solos!”
BAD LUCK & THE BLUES is a return to form with interplay of deep-rooted blues and classic rock n roll. Recorded at The Marshall Studio, mixed by Chris Sheldon (Jeff Beck, Foo Fighters, Radiohead) and mastered at the legendary Abbey Road Studios by Christian Wright (Jack Bruce, Robin Trower, Ten Years After).
Jones’ latest effort is rip-snortin’, hard-rockin’ blues album with one eye on 1970’s classic hard rock, and its counterpart very much focused upon the here and now. ‘Bad Luck & The Blues’ is a love letter to hard hitting blues rock, with a concise, contemporary edge.
Refining his sound and returning as a power-trio that features long time bassist Jack Alexander Timmis (Virgil & The Accelerators) and experienced session drummer Ash Sheehan (Glenn Hughes, Tony Iommi, The Twang), the new record sees Laurence at his rawest, showcasing his virtuoso guitar talents while remaining faithful to his blues roots.
“I started my career in a power-trio, and gradually moved away from that. Going back to those roots was an itch that I’d wanted to scratch for ages.” Jones explains. “Two of my biggest heroes were Gary Moore and Jimi Hendrix, and that’s the direction I wanted to go in, along with some more contemporary influences such as Queens of The Stone Age, Jack White, and Royal Blood. My main point of reference on this album was Robin Trower. I had been a fan for years, but I used lockdown to sink myself into his playing style and the tone he used.”
The pivot point when deciding to go all out with his dream, Jones cites New Year’s Eve of 2022. “I made it a resolution of mine; that’s why the line-up changed so quickly before the next tour,” he remembers. “You only live once. I have Crohn’s disease, so I never take anything for granted. You should live every day like it’s your last.”
Laurence has shared stages with the likes of Status Quo, Sir Van Morrison, Sir Ringo Starr, the late Jeff Beck and Johnny Winter, Joe Bonamassa, Wishbone Ash, Glenn Hughes, and Vintage Trouble among many others. In 2017, Buddy Guy, who once likened Laurence to “a young Eric Clapton”, invited the youngster to join him onstage at the Holland International Blues Festival before of an audience of 15,000. Jones has also appeared at some of the world’s most prestigious venues, including the Royal Albert Hall in London and New York’s Carnegie Hall.
Sat 2 Sep – Wallingford – Bunkfest, UK
Fri 22 Sep – London, Omeara, UK
Sun 24 Sep – Wolverhampton – NWOCR Festival, KK’s Steel Mill, UK
Fri 6 Oct – Frome, Cheese & Grain, UK
Thu 16 Nov – P60, Amstelveen, NL
Fri 17 Nov – De Pul, Uden, NL
Sat 18 Nov – Heyhoef Backstage, Tilburg, NL
Sun 19 Nov – Iduna, Drachten, NL
Wed 22 Nov – Paard, Den Haag, NL
Thu 23 Nov – Flux, Zaandam, NL
Fri 24 Nov – Crossover, Gent, Belgium
Sat 25 Nov – Bibelot, Dordrecht, NL
Fri 1 Dec – Porthcawl, Planet Rockstock, UK
Thu 7 Dec – Southampton, The Brook, UK
Thu 14 Dec – Milton Keynes, The Stables, UK
Fri 15 Dec – Sheffield, The Greystones, UK
Sat 16 Dec – Kendal, Brewery Arts Centre, UK
Sun 4 Feb – Bury St Edmunds, The Apex, UK
Fri 9 Feb – Arlington Arts Centre, Newbury, UK
Sat 10 Feb – Shoreham-by-Sea, Rooetackle, UK
Sun 14 April – HRH BLUES FESTIVAL
Sat 5 Aug- Buxton Blues Festival, UK
Sat 19 Aug – Swing Wespelaar – Belgium